TheatreSquared: Associate Technical Director

A word from Artistic Director, Robert Ford and General Manager, Shannon Jones

THEATRESQUARED MISSION

 

We believe that theatre—done well and with passion—can transform lives and communities. At the theatre, in schools and online, we create remarkable performances; broaden access; foster empathy, equity and cohesion; and gather with one another around art, conversation, food and other shared experiences in a welcoming, inclusive space.

THE COMPANY & REGION

 

TheatreSquared’s signature offering of bold new plays in an intimate setting has driven its growth to become the state’s largest theatre, offering more than 300 performances annually and operating on a $6 million annual budget. The playwright-led company is one of mid-America’s leading laboratories for new work, having launched more than 60 new plays. Its work has received critical acclaim from The New York Times (“Best Theater of 2020” list), The Wall Street Journal (“an outstanding drama company”), NPR’s All Things Considered, and the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards.

 

TheatreSquared’s home—winner of the 2020 American Architecture Award and the AIA NY Honor Award—is a cultural landmark. T2’s hometown of Fayetteville is annually ranked among the top ten US News and World Report "Best Places to Live,” a progressive, bike-friendly, and scenic college community near several Fortune 100 world headquarters. TheatreSquared’s remarkable expansion—with a twentyfold increase in audience in just the past decade— parallels the emergence of its home region as a booming population center and destination for American art.

 

Offering far-reaching access and education programs and an open-all-day gathering space, TheatreSquared remains rooted in its founding vision, that “theatre—done well and with passion—can transform lives and communities.” 

ABOUT THE ROLE:

The Associate Technical Director works closely with the Technical Director to supervise the implementation of scenic designs and stage setups for productions and special events.  This position must relay critical information about scenery and onstage technology to Stage Management and Stage Operations to ensure operational safety during the run of a production.  The Associate Technical Director checks in with all other Production Heads daily to ensure the critical path of load-in and strike are executed in a safe, organized, and cohesive manner. This staff member also implements safety protocols and procedures relative to construction zone working conditions, overhead rigging, and creating safe welding areas during the build schedule. 

 

As a key artist helping create shows that allow audience members to think beyond their lived experiences—and as a positive, collaborative member of an inclusive workforce—this new staff member will help TheatreSquared answer the question, “How can a theatre be an agent of social change—helping foster a community that is fundamentally more equitable?”

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 

 

  • Drafts build drawing for, and implements, technical designs as created by the Technical Director. 

  • Supervise scene shop staff including Head Carpenter, Scene Shop Supervisor, and overhire Carpenters.

  • Coordinate overhire needs with the Technical Director and schedule the approved time with members of the labor pool.

  • Runs load-in and strike calls. 

  • Works closely with Scenic Charge Artist to manage flow of units from build to paints.

  • Maintain a safe working environment.

  • Be able to prepare for in depth discussions with the creative teams on each show about critical storytelling devices and technical execution of challenging problems.

  • Collaborate with scenic designers and other members of the creative team during the build through opening. 

  • Communicate daily schedule changes with the scene shop staff and production heads.

  • Assist other areas of production as needed and as schedule allows.

 

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS

 

  • A strong foundation with computer-aided design programs, Autodesk AutoCAD preferred.

  • Hands on experience working with wood and metal in a theatre scene shop

  • Experience managing building and loading-in of scenery

  • Previous experience in technical design preferred

  • Ability to maintain a positive work environment and, when needed, de-escalate conflict and manage difficult conversations

 

DESIRABLE SKILL SETS 

  • Previous experience as an head/lead/master carpenter, shop supervisor, or assistant/associate technical director. 

  • OSHA 10, OSHA 30 Preferred

  • Knowledge of overhead rigging best practices and safe working load limits of typical rigging hardware.

  • Knowledge of automation systems for moving scenery.

  • Knowledge of theatrical lighting, sound, projection/video systems.

  • CAD and CAM skills in Autodesk Inventor, AutoDesk Fusion 360, Vectorworks, and SolidWorks

  • Ability to set-up video design systems in coordination with the Lighting Supervisor

 

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

 

This full-time, exempt position with an annual salary of $37,000-$42,000, commensurate with experience, and full benefits. These benefits include health; dental; paid time off; relocation assistance; paid parental leave; professional development allowance; employer-sponsored long-term and short-term disability; $100,000 in employer-sponsored term life insurance; and voluntary 401(k) and/or Roth IRA.


 

Please note: All interviews at this time will be held via video service (Google, Zoom, etc.). 

COMMITMENT TO ANTI-RACISM

TheatreSquared commits to being an anti-racist institution.

The company acknowledges its own responsibility and culpability within a system that is inherently inequitable, and that silence and neutrality actively perpetuate racialized privilege. T2 recognizes that only through ongoing, urgent, and consistent action will it play a role in combating systemic racism and oppression.

TheatreSquared will practice anti-racism through its work and in our workplace. In every choice, the company will ask how its outcome will advance positive social change. The company invites its staff, artists, and audience to help hold our institution accountable to these commitments by “calling in” our actions and each other with love, conversation, compassion and context—but with an expectation and righteous demand for change.

 

ACTION STEPS

 

TheatreSquared has taken the following first steps in its commitment to anti-racism. This list is not comprehensive, as the work is a continuing effort that will evolve as new actions are taken over time.

  • Increased artist compensation with pay parity for casts and creative teams across venues—acknowledging that our artists are often our most diverse employees;

  • Completed a top-to-bottom revamp of the company handbook with an anti-racist lens, including hiring policies, onboarding, feedback, and performance evaluation;

  • Dedicated more than $100,000 to trainings, with dedicated staff support, for all staff and board. Mandatory workshops include a full Intercultural Development Inventory and debrief; Principles of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Facing Bias; Microagressions; Equity 101; Race in the South; Building a Sustainable Commitment to DEI; Pitfalls & Progress: Learning from and Navigating the Challenges of Organizational Change; and Operationalizing Equity;

  • Launching a new group of Diversity Champions to help carry forward these practices throughout the organization, with budgeted lines for professional development and compensation;

  • Adopting a new, collaborative season selection process, with an explicit commitment to “counter systemic racism and bias by uplifting BIPOC playwrights and the work of traditionally underrepresented voices”;

  • Dedicated annual budget line for equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism work;

  • Creation of a new paid fellowship program prioritizing BIPOC candidates, to be launched in 2021;

  • Inclusive recruitment and hiring practices. More than 40% of TheatreSquared's 50-person full-time staff now identify as BIPOC;

  • Free access to professional therapists/counselors for all cast members in all productions and all staff;

  • Extensive additional departmental engagement with the “We See You White American Theatre” demands statement, with new practices adopted in marketing, development, production, and other areas on a wide range of items.

 

This process has been undertaken with the full investment of the TheatreSquared Board and leadership with a commitment to accountability and continued action.